Iceland is the meeting point of many natural diversities of planet Earth as it represents a kaleidoscope of natural wonders on a single geographical canvas. Located well above the Arctic Circle, the country is bitterly cold almost throughout the year. But beneath its surface rages the fire from the volcanoes that were formed at the fault lines of the two giant continents – North America and Europe. This contrast offers a vast and rich opportunity for the photo enthusiast. A Hungarian photographer named Dávid Bacsa took these stunning photos from Iceland and we present some of them.
Here are 12 stunning photos from Iceland – the land of the gods.
1. Brúarfoss – Iceland’s bluest waterfall
Iceland is also known as the land of waterfalls. Its unique climate causes heavy precipitation. The glaciers that thaw in summer replenishes the innumerable rivers which in turn feed the waterfalls, each one a study in contrast. Every visitor has their favourite waterfall to treasure for a lifetime. The comparatively diminutive size of the Bruarfoss waterfall is more than made up by its staggering beauty. It is renowned for its rich blue colour as it flows over dark volcanic rock formations. The green flora provides a rich colourful contrast to the beauty of the river.
2. White Ice Cave
White Ice Caves are among the group of caves known as the Crystal Caves. They are a riot of mesmerizing colours and contrasts. Located in South East Iceland on the Vatnajokull glacier, they are newly formed each year. Every visit is a fresh adventure as each winter throws up new caves and forms to the delight of the photo enthusiast.
3. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon while the snow melt
Fjaorarglijufur Canyon is easily accessible but does not get the place it deserves. Yet it can be considered the crowning glory of any trip to Iceland. A walk along the top portion of the canyon is an awesome experience while for the more adventurous, a walk along the banks is a must. This canyon is about a couple of kilometres long and100 meters at its deepest. Molten glacier water passes through it.
4. Waves at the beach
The beaches of Iceland are a study in contrast. They challenge preconceived notions of what a beach resembles. This particular beach pictured is Reynisfjara is unique as white foam washes over black sand. Smooth pebbles and stones are strewn along the coast. Beautiful lava formations only add to the stark beauty along with the stone arches out in the sea. This beach is also renowned for its perfectly angled basalt columns.
The foremost thought that comes to mind at the mention of the word volcano is power – raw and unrestrained. Iceland is right in the middle of the volcanic highway on the mid-Atlantic ridge. As a result, the country has a high number of active volcanoes. The volcanic beds of Iceland are covered under layers of thick snow. Hverir seems like a Martian landscape. Hissing hot mud pools emitting steam and noxious gases are strewn all around.
6. The Northern Lights
You have to be really lucky to have seen the Northern Lights-the Aurora Borealis. They are created by electrically charged particles from the sun hitting the earth’s atmosphere.
7. Þingvellir National Park.
Thingvellir National Park was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The North American and European tectonic plates meet here on the mid-Atlantic ridge and are of particular interest for nature photographers.
8. Reynisfjara Beach
9. Iceberg on the Kvíárjökull River
Other places of particular interest for photographers are stunning icebergs shaped by the sea.
10. Geyser volcano
Geysir Volcano is perhaps the most famous geothermal area on earth. This area has many hot springs many of them geysers which erupt at regular intervals.